Country Artists Share Prayers for #Orlando

"Just Hating Hate," Kacey Musgraves Wrote

When the news broke on Sunday morning (June 12) about the tragic shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, country stars immediately started pouring out their hearts on Twitter.

Jennifer Nettles was one of the first.

“I’m so sorry Orlando,” she wrote. “I’m so sorry LGBT community. I’m so sorry families and friends. Broken hearted.”

Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw and so many more all followed with their own perspective on the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub.

Kacey Musgraves had a series of emotional tweets, one of which she deleted, but I think she spoke for so many when she said that she was just hating hate.

“Crying as I read about Orlando,” she wrote. “I can’t believe it. I don’t understand. And especially at such a happy place!? Feeling sick. Look. Emotions are high today. Mine included. Just hating hate. Lots of opinions in the mix. LOVE is the only true answer. Hard subject tho,” she wrote, adding one last thought at the end. “All I know is something isn’t working. That’s all. I love y’all and my true intent is peaceful.”

Because the CMA Music Festival was still in full swing on Sunday night, most of the country artists performing dedicated songs to the victims. For Little Big Town, that song was “Miracle,” from their new album Wanderlust. And on Monday morning’s syndicated Bobby Bones Show, Kelsea Ballerini, Cam, Dan + Shay and more artists provided some comfort as part of the #MusicIsHealing trend.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.